Posts by Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer provides strategic and tactical communications leadership for Barr in support of its mission and goals. Prior to his 2014 appointment as Barr’s first director of communications, Stefan served the Foundation in a variety of roles focused on strategy, knowledge management, and communications. His writings on communications and philanthropy have appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Communications Network’s Change Agent journal, and The Foundation Review. In 2016, Stefan joined the board of The Communications Network.

Boston’s Arts Moment

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A visit from NEA Chairman Jane Chu confirms the transformative potential—already being unleashed—of arts and culture in Boston.

May 18, 2015 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Creating a Communications Culture

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Highlights from an ongoing Stanford Social Innovation Review blog series on strategic communications, including a new contribution from Barr.

March 09, 2015 | Category: Barr News

Introducing the New BarrFoundation.org

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A tour of Barr’s new website from our director of communications.

February 24, 2015 | Category: Barr News

Three Keys to Breakthrough on Complex Social Contract Issues

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

When complicated politics and old wounds keep deep-sixing change efforts, what does it take to get to a new outcome? A recent breakthrough in Boston suggests a template.

October 24, 2013 | Category: Education

A New Paradigm for Leadership Development

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

What if, instead of barreling ahead, relentlessly focused on keeping their organizations afloat (until they burn out trying), effective nonprofit leaders started delegating more and more responsibility to staff—at once paving the way for a next generation of leaders and freeing themselves to think about their own leadership in more expansive ways?

May 24, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

What if our great leaders became a great network?

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new animation on the big ideas behind what The Boston Globe once called “a web of collaboration rippling through the nonprofit community with increasing effect.”

April 01, 2013 | Category: Barr Fellows

Announcing Barr's New Senior Program Officer for the Arts

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Roxbury native San San Wong as Senior Program Officer in the Arts...

June 15, 2012 | Category: Arts & Creativity

The Currency of Social Change

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

A new Stanford Social Innovation Review case study featuring the Barr Fellowship explores the surprising return on an investment in relationships among social change leaders—even without set expectations or requirements about what might emerge as a result.

May 17, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

From Boston to Haiti – A Barr Fellows Learning Journey

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

In January, 2012, a group of twelve Barr Fellows spent a week together in Haiti, during what was also the two-year anniversary of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. I had the opportunity to join them to help document the trip...

April 10, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

Talking ELL's in BPS

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Over two years ago, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston issued a scathing report on the status of English Language Learners in the Boston Public Schools.

February 22, 2012 | Category: Education